Berlin Art Week is coming up September 13—17. Whether you’re on a budget or ready to splurge, we’ve shortlisted some of our top suggestions for places to stay and eat during Berlin’s biggest art week of the year.
Drakestraße 1, 10787 Berlin, Tiergarten
Occupying the former Royal Danish Embassy, Das Stue’s unique heritage is reflected in its name, the Danish term for “living room”. Blending historic charm with contemporary design and an enviable art collection on display throughout the hotel, Das Stue has quickly become one of the most sought-after places to lay your head in Berlin. With 78 rooms and suites, two restaurants, a vivid bar and Susanne Kaufmann Spa, it is the ideal oasis in the heart of Berlin, even offering a private Zoo entrance for an urban safari experience. Located in Das Stue, the Michelin-starred fine dining experience of 5 (Cinco) offers Paco Pérez’s avant-garde molecular-leaning Mediterranean cuisine, featuring exciting experiments of products, textures, aromas and tastes.
Charlottenstraße 49, 10117 Berlin, Mitte
Known for its refined and elegant interior decor and impeccable service, the Regent Berlin is one of the best 5 star superior hotels in Berlin. The Regent offers first-class amenities and services, Michelin-starred cuisine, and is a short stroll from famous historical and cultural attractions such as the Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag, the Opera House and Museum Island. The luxury hotel overlooks the historic Gendarmenmarkt Square, a site of architectural wonders including the Concert Hall and two stunning 18th-Century French and German cathedrals.
Torstraße 1, 10119 Berlin, Mitte
Located within the Berlin branch of the exclusive Soho House, Cecconi’s is a modern Italian restaurant that serves classic Italian food. Cecconi’s design combines the stripped-back Soho House Berlin interior with an elegant Venetian feel. Art Deco-inspired chandeliers hang against a backdrop of exposed concrete walls, and their trademark Italian leather booths feature in cherry-red, alongside a striped marble floor. In summer guests can enjoy an alfresco terrace that opens out to include additional seating. Cecconi’s Berlin is one of the their eight outposts worldwide, with a menu that features the simple yet delicious and well-crafted dishes that are synonymous with Italian cuisine. Particular culinary highlights include black truffle, homemade pasta, seafood dishes and delicious desserts.
Torstraße 136, 10119 Berlin, Mitte
A cultural hybrid inspired by Israeli and French cuisine, award-winning restaurant MANI is located in Mitte’s MANI Hotel, a short walk from the Auguststraße gallery district. MANI restaurant offers Middle Eastern twists on European favourites, like calamari served with harissa mayonnaise instead of aioli or “chuzpeles”, the Israeli take on tapas. The elegant dark wood design of MANI’s interior and the creative palette of master chef Octavio Bravo make MANI a hotspot for Mitte casual dining, whether for dinner or a weekday business lunch. If the weather is nice, you can also sit in the bamboo-covered courtyard.
HOTEL ZOO BERLIN
Kurfürstendamm 25, 10719 Berlin, Charlottenburg
Hotel Zoo Berlin, a jewel of the Kurfürstendamm from the 1920s to the 1950s, has been newly-polished with an interior redesign by Dayna Lee of NY and L.A.-based Powerstrip Studios. Building on the hotel’s historic character, Lee has accentuated the high-ceilings and sourced bespoke furniture for the entire hotel. Crown mouldings, walnut wood doors, industrial windows and exposed brick walls lend Hotel Zoo Berlin a charm befitting its history. The restaurant Grace, opened in 2015, is a culinary experience not to be missed, including fine dishes of Miso Black Cod and Rib Eye Steak with Asparagus and Lavender, as well as vegetarian specialities. Dinner can also be enjoyed on the green terrace of the restaurant.
Brandenburgische Str. 21, 10707 Berlin, Wilmersdorf
Located within the Provocateur—a hotel that takes inspiration from Paris in the 1920s, but with the heart and soul of Berlin—Golden Phoenix describes its cuisine as “a soupçon of Chinoiserie, a few drops of la vie Parisienne”. Chef Duc Ngo brings together traditional French techniques with the complex, ancient flavor combinations of Chinese cooking, creating a balance of salty, sweet, bitter, and sour. Offering both Dim Sum favourites and French classics, like Filet Mignon with Foie Gras, the Golden Phoenix is a unique blend of distinct cultural flavors. On sunny days, the elegantly decorated terrace opens up for guests to dine outdoors.
Hessische Straße 5, 10115 Berlin, Mitte
Miniloft is a design hotel in Berlin that lets you feel like a local. Loaded with all of your needed amenities such as a fully equipped kitchenette, on-site self-serve laundry and an en suite bathtub and shower, these lofts provide you with the flexibility and comfort as if in your own home. With energy conservation as one of their priorities, the hotel is constructed of high-quality, long-lasting materials. To reduce energy consumption in the summer, they have installed a sun-shade system instead of air conditioning, to keep the building cool. They also have a grass roof to reduce water run-off, extend roof life, and help clean the air.
Oderberger Str. 57, 10435 Berlin, Prenzlauer Berg
The Hotel Oderberger is a boutique hotel in Berlin’s Prenzlauer Berg district, originally designed as the ‘Stadtbad Oderberger’ in 1898 by architect Ludwig Hoffmann. The historic indoor swimming hall is the jewel of the hotel. For thirty years, the swimming pool was vacant but after extensive renovations, and with a commitment to maintaining the architectural elegance of the era of its founding, the bath house was reopened last Autumn. The hotel has a long-standing cooperation with artists, currently showing works by Johanna Keimeyer, Cornelia Enderlein and Manolo Ty in the restaurant, the fireplace bar, the library, the hallways and the hotel rooms.
Torstraße 183, 10115 Berlin, Mitte
Themroc’s unique take on dining as a mutually-experienced work of art puts the tyranny of choice at bay: everyday that Themroc is open, one meal—with starter, main course and dessert—is prepared and served. A Greek, Persian and French cook alternate in the kitchen, so the fare changes daily between an eclectic menu of fresh and fantastic, unrehearsed creations. A popular place for artists to hang out, the homey ambience of Themroc—a classic Berlin cosy and candlelit atmosphere—makes it a local “cult favourite” and a great place to meet new friends.
Paul-Linke-Ufer 39/40, 10999 Berlin
Cocolo Ramen in Kreuzberg offers a small but flavourful selection of authentic ramen soups—fresh noodles in a tasty broth, topped with meat or vegetables, eggs and wakame—and Japanese starters, perfect for a hearty meal during the autumn Art Week hustle. The restaurant boasts a spacious patio with plenty of outdoor seating, next to the Landwehr canal, sun-facing during the day and lit by strings of Japanese lanterns at night. In addition to their delicious food, Cocolo also offers a range of Japanese beers and sake, as well as homemade ginger lemonade.
Warschauer Straße 39/40, 10243 Berlin, Friedrichshain
Situated close to the Spree, the Michelberger Restaurant offers modern communal dining using seasonal organic produce that is sourced locally and sustainably foraged, hunted and farmed from the forests and fields of Brandenburg. The menu is designed for sharing and guests can drop in for a small bite and a glass of wine or a multi-course dining experience. The restaurant serves a fresh and healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner for hotel guests and visitors, always with vegan and vegetarian options. Summer highlights include beets with cherries, liquorice and sorrel; onion bhajis with cucumber, mint and yoghurt; and, for dessert, compressed watermelon with white chocolate ganache and strawberries.
Hobrechtstrasse 65/66, 12047 Berlin, Neukölln
Open since 2009 in Neukölln, the Hüttenpalast is a self-proclaimed “agency for everything”, combining wacky retro design and careful concern for hospitality. Bringing the camping vibe to the heart of the city, Hüttenpalast offers three differently designed old-timer caravans and three cosy wooden cabins in their spacious factory hall for overnights or longer. The 70s style German campers are propped in interesting spots throughout the large room, to provide intimate retreats with the possibility of enjoying a more communal atmosphere in the nearby lounge or leafy green garden.
Wriezener Karree 5, 10243 Berlin, Friedrichshain
Imagine that it is the year 1978 and the Berlin Wall still exists. This GDR-inspired design hotel, aptly named ‘Ostel’, is located in the heart of former East Berlin at Ostbahnhof. Visitors can travel back in time to experience the “ostalgic” interior design of East Germany, down to the floral wallpaper and multi-functional tables (mufutis). All rooms also feature an original GDR radio.
BEETS & ROOTS
Große Hamburger Str. 38, 10115 Berlin, Mitte
Dorotheenstraße 83, 10117 Berlin, Mitte
Beets & Roots is a fast-casual favourite for healthy eaters on the go. With two locations in Mitte, one in the hub of the Auguststraße gallery district, the restaurant offers vegetarian-friendly bowls, salads, wraps and soups at affordable prices. The menu of fresh and flavourful fare is complemented by the minimal and chic interior design of Beets & Roots, with grey and rose-coloured tiles, ceiling light sculptures and concrete elements blending seamlessly with the local arty vibe. Plenty of outdoor seating makes it a hotspot for good-weather dining.
Dunckerstraße 80a, 10437 Berlin, Prenzlauer Berg
Nalu takes the cake for authentic American diner food in Berlin, down to the refillable drip coffee. Owned and operated by one American who saw the great lack of all-day breakfasts in Berlin’s food offerings when he first moved to the city, Nalu’s menu features such classics as American breakfast, Grilled Cheese, BLTs, Club Sandwiches and Hamburgers as well as shakes and an array of alcoholic beverages. The decor of Nalu is conceptually in tune with its diner grub, ephemera from across the States pasted on the walls and place mats, not to mention the coloured plastic baskets, syrup bottles and booth seating. Friendly and laid-back American service makes Nalu a great spot for a mellow breakfast, any time of the day.
Max-Beer-Str. 37, 10119 Berlin
Tucked on a corner in Mitte’s Weinmeisterstraße shopping district, Qua Phe is a Vietnamese coffeehouse also serving an unbeatable lunch menu of traditional foods, outside the usual offerings found in Berlin’s Vietnamese restaurants. The savoury phở cuốn—rice crepes filled with Vietnamese coleslaw, coriander, tofu or beef, and herb and soy sauce—are a must-try at Qua Phe, as well as their traditional Vietnamese coffee, poured over condensed milk. Next door, the Bahn Mi Stable, operated by the same owners, is a recommended quick stop for Vietnamese sandwiches (only two choices: tofu or pork) on crispy baguette with a delicious herb dressing.